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What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:

  • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
  • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Fluctuations in weight, growing older and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.

Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms is sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.

Arm lift candidates

In general, arm lift candidates include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase the risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon:

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for an arm lift, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Arm lift results

The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.

The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

Arm lift recovery

Hospitalization:  06 to 12 hours

Dressings: 3 to 5 days

Restriction of  Activities involving upper arm, shoulder & chest: 2 to 3 weeks

Pressure Garments: 3 weeks.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Arm lift procedure steps

An arm lift procedure is usually performed by intravenous sedation and general anesthesia, with the only liposuction or along with excision of extra skin depending upon your skin laxity & age.

Inner arm incision

Back of arm incision

Minimal incision